It isn’t every day a girl celebrates 50 years in business but that’s just what the inimitable Betsey Johnson did. The show consisted of a lifetime retrospective of her designs and like always an over-the-top extravaganza. Dance was the theme witch is befitting seeing how that is at the root of Betsey’s creative passion, as well as her five decades of experience in the industry that was the force behind this awesome show were she put half a century onto the runway. She started with the most resent inspired of today’s pop star girly looks like a bubblegum corseted tutu dress on top of a neon blue net shirt. The ’90s, Johnson gave edgy grunge a playful riff with rose-patterned dresses fastened with blue corsets paired with cherry print tights. The rock attitude of the ’80s had a Pat Benatar feel that included jumpsuits with pinstripes, and a cool plastic jacket outfitted with zippers on the sleeves. The ’60s had a strong Twiggy influence in a mod-style Mandarin-collar striped pantsuit, as well as a polka-dotted mini dress with an oversize collar and sleeves. And has for the ’50s, there where the pieces based on her original dance costumes as a child which had nude leotards adorned with mini frills at the waist and striped with sequins, as well as a bedazzled red crop top and a pleated miniskirt. From tutu dresses and corsets to floral frocks and striped jumpsuits this may be the best runway show of this season!
Yigal is romantically feminine for his spring RTW collection. Diaphanous, fluid silhouettes and floral motifs mixed in with his neutral palette of black, white and pale blue for the line-up. There was a series of abstract floral-printed chiffon gowns some with Chantilly lace panels. Sheer embroidered appliqués and high necklines gave a Victorian feel to the collection. Modernist and architectural vibes where in some pieces like one silk twill dress coat with cape sleeves resembling a motorcycle jacket and asymmetric zips and cut-out shoulders.
“Glamour” was the one-word description for this seasons lineup. It’s a very elegant and flirtation modern sportswear collection for Mr. Wu beginning with the teal, textural trench with a clean cape effect, details like folds of fabric to create softly structured ruffles around the necklines and shoulders of cocktail and day dresses. Palette was rich, in use of teal and rust with fabrics and cuts that were clean and light. Neatly cropped ribbed sweaters, flirty ruffled skirts and lingerie-esque slipdresses plus spiffy zip-up leather jacket and matching skirt to finish of the collection.
The beautiful place of Polo Ralph Lauren spring 15 collection consisted of three groups of looks. There was a denim group which had a faded jumpsuit with metal hardware that was as slouchy and a three-piece denim suit was slim. A group with western feel that included fringe every where in shades of brown and tan. And the last group had brights colors tying the sleeves of a fuchsia cable-knit crew around the shoulders of a coral red minidress, layering an electric orange blazer over a Bengal-stripe shirtdress, and a combination of pink and green on a linen blazer and skinny jeans.